Thursday, April 19, 2012

A Happy Attitude Means a Healthy Heart

We often talk about how stress can play an integral part in your health and well being, especially when it comes to heart health. Stress is a key element in blood pressure, heart attack risk, even your pain tolerance and overall feeling in sickness and in health. However, your mood, whether you are a happy person or a grumpy person, also has just as much to do with your heart health as whether you are taking our l-arginine supplements or not, according to a new study.

Happy People Have Healthier Hearts
In a newly published review from the Harvard School of Public Health, characteristics such as optimism and happiness were linked to a lower risk for heart and vascular disease. – WebMD

According to the study, ‘happiness and optimism tended to predict better heart health.’ The study took a look at over 200 cases to determine the impact of positivity on heart attack and stroke risk. They found through these cases that those patients who had a positive outlook were more likely to maintain a better diet, get more sleep, and exercise more than those who have a negative outlook.

Happy people places less stress on their bodies, had lower blood pressure, and had a much lower risk for heart disease. Positivity showed strong, measurable biological factors such as lower blood pressure and healthier lipid profiles.

It has been well documented that depression and a poor outlook on life can increase a person’s risk for heart attack and stroke. In fact, it is so well known that physicians often treat heart attack recovery with depression medication and refer patients to counseling to combat negative thoughts.

L-Arginine for Heart Health
While maintaining a positive outlook is a key element in controlling blood pressure and lowering your risk for heart attack and stroke, so is eating right and getting those key supplements. Happier people are more active and eat healthier, according to the study. However, sometimes being positive, exercising, eating right and keeping stress low is not quite enough. That’s where l-arginine comes into play.

L-arginine has been clinically proven to lower blood pressure by increasing circulation through vasodilation. Sounds complicated, but it’s really quite simple. When you happy and healthy, it’s just another great asset to add to your arsenal to lower your heart attack risk.

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